In college, I had two goals: being as productive as possible, and working towards a career that would guarantee material success. Then I graduated and was thrown into an existential crisis that forced me to re-evaluate every single belief I held. Eventually, I learned to stop basing my self-worth on traits as fickle as ambition, trust my instincts, and see my “softer” qualities as strengths.

This series is about learning to adapt and thrive in a world shaped by Trumpian politics and late-stage capitalism. It’s a collection of all the mind-blowing revelations, unsettling conversations, and emotionally hard moments that are part of growing up, for real.